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Congratulations to everyone involved in the production of Felicity. You did a great job!
No one suffers any real consequences for bad actions here as it is all excused because of being in love. Real life is not really like this and neither is college. This is a nice fantasy show for people who don't have to work for a living.
The only real characters are Megan and Sean. They are somewhat enjoyable to watch. They are annoying, but at least they are real.
If you have to face real life everyday without a safety net, you'll hate this show.
I mentioned earlier that the actors are quite talented, but I hasten to add that none are great shining lights, good enough to break through the severe repetition of each episode. The quirky moments the characters enter or find themselves embroiled in simply do not work. In a quality youth-orientated show, such as that gem "Press Gang" (although I'm aware it's ridiculous to compare this TV show with most of today's attempts at that genre), the actors have the ability and the instinctive comic flair to make these silly moments work. The actors on Felicity take themselves too seriously, as though they're afraid they won't be nominated for an Emmy if they crack a smile. Instead it's a wrinkle of the nose and a roll of the eyes. You can tell that these guys are ultra mature.
Worst of all perhaps are Felicity's 'reflective' moments. The same thing, week in, week out, sometimes more than once an episode: Felicity leaves the college (or is it the halls of residence?), the film is slowed. A boring acoustic guitar/female singer number is played over the top. This is sickening stuff. It seems that life only runs on normal time inside the walls of the college or the dorms. The rest of the city must have broken watches.
As Colin Matthews of 'Press Gang' would put it: "Boredom City"
It wasn't until my own Senior year of high school that I didn't have many classes to take and a lot of time on my hands before going off to college that I surfed through the channels once after we finally got satellite, to land on this show as reruns on the WE network.
One single episode was all it took for me to fall absolutely head-over-feet in love with this show. So many of my classmates would talk about other shows like Dawson's Creek and My So Called Life. They examined high school however, and since high school wasn't something I could relate to nor did I want to - I decided to catch a glimpse of the college experience through the eyes of artists.
I don't use the term "artists" lightly. This show not only captured pretty realistic viewpoints of what college life is actually like, but it dealt with serious issues in a way that was not over-dramatic and really heartfelt.
So many people like to point out that teens are always the ones with the complex lives and all the nostalgia to look back on. This show proves that its actually the people just starting the rest of their lives after high school that can really reach a place within themselves and discover who they are through "the smallest decisions".
And Felicity, not only as a character, but as a show, really takes the audience on that same journey of self-enlightenment.
So, see you on Tuesday nights at 9:00 on the WB.
I hope that there is an alternative
Greg Grunberg who played Sean Blumberg was my favorite non-female cast member. Although he was one of the older ones, already in his 30s, I always enjoyed his natural, relaxed acting style. Since the series was canceled, I have seen Grunberg in a number of other shows. Scott Speedman and Scott Foley played two of Felicity's boyfriends, at different times. I never really enjoyed their performances. Their characters never seemed real.
However Felicity surprised me. It's extremely good, even though I never expected it, while I was believing that MSCL, Party of Five and Dawson's Creek were the only teen shows that could stay on television. There's always room for one more. I witnessed some extremely dramatic and tragic scenes such as Felicity and Ben being robbbed at their own apartment or Felicity's shame as her diary is heard throughout the big party. Anyway, there were also extremely funny moments, which I never saw in teen shows, like the episode about the final exams's eve in which Noel gets really crazy when he consumes that weird drink and yells to Felicity at the study room, while those captions made for the silent conversations are displayed on the bottom of the screen.
It's a well done show. Not as funny as Ally McBeal or as dramatic as MSCL, but a good show nonetheless. The theme song is incredible. There could've been more scenes outside NYU, showing more places around New York itself. I don't believe Felicity stays secluded in that university never going anywhere else. Then again, like all teen shows, it's probably a low-budget show.
Watch Felicity at least once, even if you hate it. It's worth the effort.